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Congress Has Spoken Mr. President – No Quickies

March 19, 2015 05:50
by Lori Armstrong Halber
In the words of House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), “Today, Congress voted to stop an unelected board of bureaucrats from trampling on the rights of America’s workers and job creators.” The House voted today to join the Senate and send a resolution to President Obama blocking the National Labor Relations Board’s Ambush Election Rule, implemented on December 12, 2014 and scheduled to take effect next month, on April 14, 2015. Euphemis...


Shifting Landscape: The Evolving Definition of Joint Employers

March 18, 2015 22:38
by Gregory D. Hanscom
The National Labor Relations Board and various union-backed organizations are ratcheting up efforts aimed at changing the landscape of who qualifies as a joint employer. Right now, these aggressive efforts are most pronounced in the franchise industry where the NLRB and other organizations continue to push an agenda of making franchisors, McDonald’s for example, joint employers with franchisees. As part of this ongoing campaign, the NLRB’s general counsel issued a ruling finding t...

Legislation | NLRB


Governor of Wisconsin Signs “Right to Work” Bill

March 11, 2015 00:09
by Christina Michael
On Monday morning, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed the “right to work” bill, which was passed by the Wisconsin State Assembly on Friday, March 6th. Governor Walker’s signature makes Wisconsin the 25th state to enact a “right to work” law. State “right to work” laws permit workers to choose not to join or pay fees to a union. Wisconsin’s law takes effect immediately, but collective bargaining agreements currently in place will not be im...

Wisconsin | Right to Work

New York AG Proposes Legislation Regulating Payroll Cards.

February 19, 2015 23:59
by Jason A. Storipan
Following his office’s 2013 investigation into payroll cards and release of a report on the issue in 2014, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently sent legislation regarding the use of payroll cards by employers to pay employees to the Legislature for consideration and action. A payroll card is a debit card used by employers to pay employees’ wages in lieu of payment by paper check or direct deposit. Each payday, the employer deposits an employee’s wages electron...

New York | Legislation

Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance is Part of a Larger Trend Toward Local Government Action

February 19, 2015 00:50
by Joesph Gagnon
Citing the absence of federal action, an increasing number of states and cities are enacting statutes and ordinances providing for greater workplace protections than those afforded by federal laws such as Title VII and the FMLA. This can create heightened compliance burdens for employers, as municipal governments are creating inconsistent obligations for businesses operating in more than one city. Occasionally, legislatures and city councils lack clear popular support for their action, leading...

Equal Rights Ordinance | Houston

Legal Protection for Interns on Its Way to NJ Soon?

February 16, 2015 00:26
by Jason A. Storipan
Last month the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee approved the New Jersey Intern Protection Act and sent it to the whole Assembly for a vote. The bill approved by the Assembly Labor Committee was passed by the Senate in June of 2014 and now awaits a vote by the Assembly. The bill if passed would extend certain legal protections under the Law Against Discrimination, New Jersey’s anti-discrimination law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (also known as CEPA), New Jersey’s whi...

New Jersey | Interns | Legal Protection

New Jersey's "Ban the Box" Law: FAQs for Employers

February 3, 2015 06:59
by Joseph W. Ambash
The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act, better known as “Ban the Box,” will go into effect in less than a month, making this a great time for employers to review their employment applications and hiring procedures to ensure that they will be in compliance with the new law. The following Frequently Asked Questions will help employers get up to speed on the law’s requirements. Read more.

New Jersey

New Massachusetts Parental Leave Law Extends Protections to Male Employees

January 13, 2015 03:59
by Katharine Crawford
With very little fanfare or media attention, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed a bill into law the day before he left office that establishes parental leave in Massachusetts for both female and male employees. Effective April 7, 2015, the new law will replace the current Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MLA), which provides only female employees with eight weeks of job-protected maternity leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Extending parental leave to male employees will require si...

Massachusetts | Parental Leave Law

Oregon's Minimum Wage Now $2.00 Per Hour Higher Than Federal Rate

January 5, 2015 04:30
by Mitchell Baker
After a January 1st increase of 15 cents per hour, Oregon’s minimum wage now stands at $9.25 – exactly two dollars per hour more than the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour. That places Oregon near the top of the list of 29 states with minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only Washington and the District of Columbia have minimum wage rates higher than Oregon at $9.47 and $9.50 respectively. Oregon...

Minimum Wage | Oregon

Colorado's Minimum Wage Increased January 1

January 2, 2015 04:27
by Todd Fredrickson
The Colorado minimum wage increased by 23 cents to $8.23 per hour on January 1, 2015. Tipped employees are entitled to receive at least $5.21 per hour. These increases to Colorado’s minimum wage rates reflect the annual adjustment for inflation required by the Colorado Constitution. Learn more.

Minimum Wage | Colorado

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